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Kevin Costner may not have known the support he enjoyed in the Black community but after the hearfelt tribute he gave Whitney Houston at her homegoing service, Black folks have been one of his key demographic audiences.

That may or may not be the reason he decided to make Black orWhite, his new film about what happens when a biracial granddaughter gets torn between the white family she does know and the Black family she should know.

Costner, Houston’s co-star in The Bodyguard and an Oscar winner for his classic Dancing With Wolves says that he was compelled to make Black or White because the story seemed the right one for the times. When it was resoundingly rejected by major studios despite his own box office clout, he made it using his own resources.

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